Why is the cardboard box the best children’s toy?

Over the past two years I have made many cardboard props for my little one including a washing machine, a den, a boat, a car and a gruffalo cave.

Why do they love cardboard boxes so much? Because they can use their imagination.

This week I made her a postbox and something really interesting happened. I didn’t have time to make it all singing and dancing like my other projects, it was a very quick project because I had a delivery and my toddler showed interest in the box. It was the perfect size to cut a slit and turn into a postbox; I made some cardboard postcards and it even had a lid so that you could get the letters out once they had been posted.

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She spent some time posting the cards but then she began to play with it in all sorts of different ways that I hadn’t even thought of. It made me realise that I had been restricting her play and her imagination by making the boxes one thing. Because this box was unpainted and blank she had the freedom to turn it into a horse,

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a drum,

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Hide and Seek,

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And a wishing well for her fairies,

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From now on I am going to let her have more freedom with the cardboard box and let her imagination lead her wherever it takes her.

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